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1. Posted by wrutless (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I am flying Delta to the States in 2 days, I went on their website and it refers to gels, liquid etc being prohibited. But I am not sure (due to the wording) if I am allowed to take items such as shaving gel, hair gel, toothpaste etc in my SUITCASE or does it just prohibit me taking them in my carry on. Please help

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

It prohibits you from putting them in your carry-on. They can all go in your checked luggage. Reread the requirements for your particular airline as a certain amount of things (toothpaste, gels, etc.) can be brought on in carry-on as long as they only fill a single quart-sized zip-lock bag. Those dimensions should also be listed on the airline's website. Each airline is slightly different on what they allow these days.

3. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

It's correct that you can put these items in your checked luggage and then there are no restrictions. However, it's not up to each airline to decide on what's permissible in your carry-on. That's up to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). TSA runs the security checkpoints in the USA and it's TSA officials who will make the determination of what can and cannot be in your carry-on. The airline you travel with has zero say-so in the matter. For correct information about what's allowed (and not), check out
http://www.tsa.gov/
Even though it's probably a good idea to try to stay within the rules, you never know how picky they're going to be. My wife just flew from New York to Hawaii yesterday and inadvertently had a fullsize tube with toothpaste in her carry-on. Not a problem...

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Quoting bgl

My wife just flew from New York to Hawaii yesterday and inadvertently had a fullsize tube with toothpaste in her carry-on. Not a problem...

Maybe it wasn't a problem for the wife, but it could have been a problem for the flying public! The scanners should be able to detect that toothpaste. My brand new tube was caught by electronic scanners in Bangkok and I had to hand it over. Yes, I was mad, but very glad to see that something worked well for a change.

5. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

My own personal opinion - which, needless to say, is completely irrelevant: whether a few tubes of toothpaste happen to slip through or get intercepted and confiscated is not going to make one bit of difference. To expect the terrorists to use the same tired old methods would be to seriously underestimate them. Which is also why we're not going to see another shoe bomber. Millions of passengers in this country are forced to take off their shoes because a lone lunatic, who boarded a plane in Paris, France, tried this (and failed!). How about some vision and new ideas from the TSA? (I know, it's a government agency, so that would obviously be a very novel concept).

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 7y

Hey bgl, I guess you didn't see the article just yesterday talking about the terrorist plot from 2006 where the plan was to sneak on explosives in soft drink cans.

The plan was that if 5 different terrorists all got on a plane with separate soft drinks then they would have enough liquid explosive to bring down a plane.

Just yesterday three of these terrorist plotters were found guilty of this plot. Sentencing will take place shortly.

Here's a link to the article on the TSA website:

http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/terror_plot_hearing.shtm

7. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

And that's exactly why we have these rules about no liquids, only tiny tubes of toothpaste etc etc. Like I said, to expect the terrorists to try the same old tired methods (in this case the same stuff they tried a few years ago) would be to seriously underestimate them. The TSA is getting enough money that they could come up with some new and bold concepts instead of the old 'remove your shoes' routine etc,

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Sorry - I wrote my reply quickly yesterday... Yes, TSA is the entity that has set the regulations, but some airlines still have even more stringent rules in place. Best to check both the TSA site that bgl gave and your specific airline. Some countries (US being one) are allowing certain types of cigarette lighters in carry-on while others do not. We were allowed them flying to Canada but Canada confiscated them when it was time to return home. (The security guy joked about how Bush had eased the restrictions so we Americans could cross over, burn down Canada and then invade under the cloud of smoke. I figured they should have let us keep them so we could come back and burn down Bush, but...)

Some TSA do try to be helpful with certain things. I forgot I had a small snow globe in my carry-on coming back from New Mexico. Two TSA discussed it, examined it and finally decided I could keep it IF it fit in the ziplock bag and we put it in the bag my husband was carrying. You are only allowed one ziplock per passenger and I already had one with my cologne, etc. The globe should have been confiscated. Thankfully, instead I get to enjoy it.

9. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

I've taken a can of shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, contact cleaner, a bar of soap and shampoo on my carry on, through Newark Airport! Just have everything in good bags. It really depends on the person checking. but if you are checking a bag you may as well put it all in there.

10. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting bgl

It's correct that you can put these items in your checked luggage and then there are no restrictions. However, it's not up to each airline to decide on what's permissible in your carry-on. That's up to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). TSA runs the security checkpoints in the USA and it's TSA officials who will make the determination of what can and cannot be in your carry-on. The airline you travel with has zero say-so in the matter. For correct information about what's allowed (and not), check out
http://www.tsa.gov/
Even though it's probably a good idea to try to stay within the rules, you never know how picky they're going to be. My wife just flew from New York to Hawaii yesterday and inadvertently had a fullsize tube with toothpaste in her carry-on. Not a problem...

Not strictly true, the highlighted part of your quote. If this person is flying to the USA with Delta from any airport in the UK that has Delta staff at check-in, then it will be up to the airline check-in staff of that company to ask if they are carrying any liquids in their hold luggage. And it's not just Delta. It will be just about every airline using airports from LHR to MAN and LGW to EDI. The question will be asked, are you carrying liquids in your hold luggage. Not just your cabin/hand luggage (restricted to quantities of 100mls per container and sealed in a plastic bag), but in your hold luggage also.
Security deals with passengers who have liquids in their cabin/hand luggage. The check-in staff deal with liquids in the hold. This all started after the New York attacks of September 2001. It is not just for flights to the USA either, it is to anywhere in the world, including domestic flights within the UK.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Sep-2009, at 12:42 by BedouinLeo ]